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Legal mental health charity LawCare received their highest ever number of helpline calls from lawyers in 2018 with calls about bullying and harassment nearly doubling.
The charity, which runs a helpline for the legal profession offering emotional support, dealt with 932 calls in 2018 from 624 callers, a 5% increase on the number of calls in 2017. The most common reason for calling was stress (26%), followed by depression (19%) and anxiety (11%). Calls about bullying and harassment have risen from 38 calls in 2017 to 68 last year. The majority of callers to the helpline were women (64%) and 48% were trainees/pupils or had been qualified five years or fewer.
Other issues included concerns about disciplinary proceedings (8%), career development (9%), chronic illness, alcohol and drugs, and relationship issues.
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “2018 was our busiest year to date on the helpline since we started over twenty years ago. Whilst we are pleased more lawyers are reaching out to us for support, we remain increasingly concerned about the long hours and heavy workload culture in the law which significantly affects wellbeing. We are particularly concerned about the number of callers citing bullying and harassment in the workplace, it is absolutely essential that legal practice organisations take steps to stamp this out and take the wellbeing and treatment of staff seriously.”
For support call the helpline on 0800 279 6888 in the UK and 1800 991 801 in Ireland, or for more information visit www.lawcare.org.uk or www.lawcare.ie
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NOTES TO EDITORS
LawCare is the charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing across the legal community in the UK and Ireland.
Our helpline is a safe place to talk without judgement. You can call us about anything – no problem is too small. We’re here to listen.
As well our helpline, LawCare offers one-on-one peer support, and a wealth of information, resources and factsheets at www.lawcare.org.uk and www.lawcare.ie
We are here to help all branches of the legal profession: solicitors, barristers, barrister’s clerks, judges, Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals, trade mark attorneys, patent attorneys, costs lawyers and their staff and families.
Our support spans the legal life from student to training to practice and retirement.
The helpline number is 0800 279 6888 (1800 991 801 in Ireland) Mon-Fri 9am – 7.30pm, weekends & bank holidays 10am – 4pm.
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